England have comfortably qualified for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia after securing eight wins from 10 matches, scoring 18 goals and conceding just three in the process.
But despite the impressive statistics, the Three Lions’ performances have been far from convincing and the majority of fans are pessimistic for the future – at least in the short term.
Gareth Southgate’s side, yet again, flattered to deceive against Lithuania on Sunday afternoon, three days after a painful 1-0 victory over Slovenia at Wembley.
Harry Kane scored the only goal of the game in Vilnius, converting a first-half penalty after Dele Alli was fouled inside the box, just as he’d done against Slovenia last week.
But this was another uninspiring performance from a group of talented players who all seem to perform much better for their clubs.
YOUNGEST ENGLAND TEAM FOR 15 YEARS
In fairness to the players who beat Lithuania, this was a young and inexperienced starting line-up selected by Southgate.
With England already qualified for the 2018 World Cup, Southgate handed opportunities to some of the fringe players to gain some invaluable experience ahead of next summer’s showpiece tournament.
This was the youngest England line-up for 15 years – average age 23.7 – although with the team struggling midway through the second half, 28-year-old Daniel Sturridge was sent on with just under 20 minutes of the match remaining.
WHY ENGLAND FANS WEREN’T HAPPY WITH DANIEL STURRIDGE
The Liverpool forward, however, was blasted by some England fans on social media the moment he stepped onto the pitch.
Because he was the only England player wearing gloves.
Check out the reaction…
Sturridge is wearing gloves. Unless he’s planning on doing the last 5 between the sticks, that’s enough reason to banish him forever. 👍🏼
— Dave Webb (@davewebb1988) October 8, 2017
Take those gloves off Sturridge you big girls blouse #LITENG
— The Power 1962 (@jlarkin123) October 8, 2017
Sturridge putting gloves on before coming on. Unless he is going in net sit the prick back down. #England
— Duncan Winn (@duncan_winn) October 8, 2017
daniel sturridge putting his gloves on just about sums him up 🙄
— Timmy Clack (@TimmyClack) October 8, 2017
Daniel Sturridge coming on for England. Southgate needs to rip those gloves off him before he comes on!
— Jay B (@jay_b1885) October 8, 2017
The minute Sturridge started putting those gloves on he should have been made to sit back down!! Fucking fanny
— Michael Curtis (@pups78) October 8, 2017
Sturridge ? Gloves ? Everything that’s wrong about #England
— Despicable E (@RSiansix) October 8, 2017
OTHER ENGLAND SUPPORTERS DEFENDED STURRIDGE
However, other England fans felt the reaction was totally over the top…
England scrape past Lithuania but Sturridge wearing gloves is the issue.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) October 8, 2017
why the fuck have so many people got an issue with Sturridge wearing gloves it's fucking cold in Lithuania
— Jamie♦️ (@JB14299) October 8, 2017
People are actually hurt by the fact that Sturridge was wearing gloves. Find something else to worry about
— George (@George__O) October 8, 2017
Grown men really complaining at Sturridge because he was wearing gloves against Lithuania …
— Jordan.H (@_Jordz99) October 8, 2017